while the inside is maintained very nicely

[Book Review] — 너에게 하고 싶은 말

I bought this book on a whim a while back because both the inside and outside are very pretty, with lots of nice illustrations. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a nice cover! 김수민’s 너에게 하고 싶은 말, which is a compilation of little episodes from a Facebook page of the same name, is a sort of life-advice book, discussing how to maintain good relationships with others, distance yourself from unhealthy relationships, solve problems within relationships, and so on. Each individual episode is very short, and they’re spaced out in a sort of poetic way, making this a book that one could easily blow through in a few sittings.

As for this book’s value to Korean learners… most of the books that I read I would recommend only for advanced learners, but the simple style of the writing and the overall uncomplicated vocabulary and grammar used here would make this a perfect jumping point for someone at the intermediate level looking to getting into reading authentic Korean texts! You could read a few short episodes at a time, make sure you understand everything going on in those, and then move on fairly easily.

Concerning how I personally feel about the book… it’s hard to say. This sort of life-advice stuff is hit or miss, so some sections I find myself identifying with a lot, and some of the advice I don’t quite agree with, but overall I like the calm style of the writing and being able to sit down and read without having to keep track of a plot and a ton of characters (my brain capacity is running a bit low these days!).

Overall, I think this book is a good choice if you 1. want a fairly quick and painless read 2. are an intermediate learner looking for something not-too-heavy to start your foray into Korean literature and/or 3. you like pretty pictures :)

Happy reading, everyone~!

Some headcanons about our Children, or as @dancerofdarna calls them, Lene “You Can’t Do That” and Ares “Oh Yes I Can” Fire Emblem

  • Even though Ares has decent education in tactics, and is very interested in strategy – it’s how to stay alive in his profession, after all – somehow Lene beats him at checkers every time and it drives him nuts. 
  • Lene taught him to dance in the first place, so Ares assumed that she’d be his partner when he learned Augustria’s court dances. When the instructor implies that they’re too fancy for someone from Lene’s dancing background, Ares loses his shit. The instructor is fired on the spot. Someone more open-minded is found before Lene is even asked to learn with Ares in the first place. 
    • Before any big function, you can find Ares dancing privately with Lene. He wants the practice and it calms his nerves better than pacing. 
    • Poor Lene probably gets embarrassed during the actual events because everyone who asks her to dance gets /step step twirl “hey you’re dancing with my best friend” step step twirl “mind your hands” step step twirl “or i will fucking murder you”
  • Honestly literally how dare anyone imply Lene’s not good enough. Lene-mun has mentioned she won’t stay in Augustria forever, but whenever she’s there, Ares deliberately puts her at his right hand. She might not be the highest-ranked person in the room – she might not even have a rank at all – but she’s the most vital to him, so seats of honour go to HER. Anyone who doesn’t like it can take it up with the extra OP talking sword. 
  • Tencendur hates other people – training as a warhorse keeps him from being sociable, and an especially spirited temperament means he’s very aggressive with anyone who hasn’t established dominance (he even tests Ares to this day) – but he’ll be chill with Lene. As Lene-mun said before, Lene is very touchy and will often hug or lean on Ares, so Tencendur has gotten used to smelling her just slightly on Ares’s clothes, and thus assumes she’s his current mate. He’s pretty sure that horses who are pushy to peoples’ mates don’t get sugar cubes and carrots.
  • Lene is Ares’s favourite drinking buddy because they get so goddamn mouthy. Lene’s sharp tongue, untempered by sobriety, always has Ares face-down on the table trying not to laugh.
    • Lene is also one of the only people to have ever made him laugh unrestrained – head thrown back, completely unable to think about how he looks or what he sounds like, because nothing matters except how funny her joke was. 
  • He knows a little metalworking in order to maintain his weapons and gear, so he usually fixes her jewellery if it breaks. (He will also polish it while he has it but it’s not like he’s trying to be nice, he just had nothing better to do, okay.) 
  • He’s very big on letting her borrow his cloak, especially before and after her performances, when she might be cold in her dancing outfits while waiting.
  • They’re that duo that has a thousand inside jokes and they’re really annoying about it because they refuse to explain. 
  • Like with Nanna, Ares teaches Lene combat at every opportunity. She knew some to begin with, but basic self-defense and fighting in an army are two very different things.
Turnadette fanfiction (fluff): Peeping Jenny

Nurse Jenny Lee made her way into the darkened community center hall and frowned. It was almost evening, well past closing time for the neo-natal clinic. Though the chairs were neatly stacked and the screens stowed, someone had left the lights on in the kitchen.

Trixie.

She had left Nurse Franklin as the sister in charge when she rushed out to attend Anna Hadley’s delivery, which was luckily quick and trouble-free. Why couldn’t Trixie have just made sure everything was buttoned up before she left?

                She sighed with annoyance, but as she stepped toward the kitchen, she heard the muffled drone of voices –the soft laughter of a woman, the lower-pitched tones of a man.

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